A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series December 16, 2007 - Third Sunday in Advent
Standard LSB A Readings: First: Isaiah 35:1-10 Epistle: James 5:7-11 Gospel: Matt 11:2-15 Psalm: Psalm 146
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Matthew 11:2-15 for the Third Sunday in Advent, December 16, 2007.
It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VIII, paragraphs 64-66, pages 591-592.
John the Baptist teaches his disciples and us to ask the right question of Jesus, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" Is Jesus the One of whom the prophets spoke, the One who reconciles us to God, the One who answers our daily prayers, the One who sustains us through our darkest days and the One who guarantees our eternal life?
We hold and teach with the ancient orthodox Church, as it has explained this teaching from the Scriptures: the human nature in Christ has received this majesty through the personal union. This happened because the entire fullness of the divinity dwells in Christ [Colossians 2:9], not as in other holy men or angels, but bodily, as in its own body. The divinity shines forth with all its majesty, power, glory, and effectiveness in the received human nature. It does this voluntarily when and as Christ wills. In, with, and through the human nature, Christ shows, uses, and acts on His divine power, glory, and efficacy, as the soul does in the body and fire in glowing iron. (By means of these illustrations, as was also mentioned above, the entire Ancient Church has explained this doctrine.) This power was concealed and withheld at the time of the humiliation. But now, after the form of a servant has been laid aside, it is fully, powerfully, and publicly exercised before all saints, in heaven and on earth. In the life to come we shall also behold His glory face-to face (John 17:24).
There is and remains in Christ only one divine omnipotence, power, majesty, and glory, which is peculiar to the divine nature alone. But it shines, manifests, and exercises itself fully, yet voluntarily, in, with and through the received, exalted human nature in Christ. (paragraphs 64-66)
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